Known for being one of Marvel’s fan-favorite superheroes “Black Panther,” Chadwick Boseman passed away of colon cancer at age 43 in his Los Angeles home Aug. 28.
Boseman had been battling cancer since 2016, but he never made this information public. Instead, he continued to star in many movies fans love to this day.
One of the most memorable of his movies is “Black Panther.” Here, he plays T’Challa who became king of Wakanda following his father’s death in the film. He is given an herb that grants him superhuman abilities. With his power, he not only unites the nation of Wakanda, but he helps the Avengers save the universe from the notorious Thanos, too.
When “Black Panther” first hit theaters in 2018, it became one of the highest-grossing movies of all time racking in at a little over one billion dollars worldwide.
In 2019, Marvel revealed their plans for “Black Panther 2” with a release date set for 2022. However, due to the tragic loss of Boseman, Marvel will need to make plans to cope with his passing.
As of right now, Marvel has yet to reveal any plans, but some people have made speculations about what we should expect.
Given that filming has not started yet, it is to be assumed that there will be only one issue Marvel faces with the production of the new movie: how are fans going to react to casting a new role for T’Challa? Shuri, played by Letitia Wright is who many are speculating with take over the Black Panther mantle.
To solve this, some believe that Marvel might try to create a story where the Black Panther dies during a fight sequence in the beginning of the new movie.
According to an article published by BGR, Ryan Coogler, writer and director of the first “Black Panther” film, said, “I spend the last year preparing, imagining and writing words for him to say, that we weren’t destined to see. It leaves me broken knowing that I won’t be able to watch another close-up of him ever again or walk up to him and ask for another take.”
The world will never forget Boseman and his role as the Black Panther.
“In my culture, death is not the end,” Black Panther said in the film. “It’s more of a stepping off point. You reach out with both hands to Bast and Sekhmet, they lead you into the green veld where… you can run forever.”
It is with high hopes that Bosemen and his legacy rests in the Ancestral Plain.